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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Roger Moore
Yaphet Kotto
Jane Seymour
Clifton James.
Directors
Guy Hamilton.
Screenwriters
Ian Fleming
Richard Maibaum
Tom Mankiewicz.
Running Time
116 minutes

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Live And Let Die
Moore takes over from Connery as full-time Bond and is well up to the challenge


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Plot
After several British agents disappear, presumed dead, James Bond travels from New York to the Caribbean on the trail of a mysterious drug lord known as Mr. Big. His first port of call is the small island owned by Dr. Katanga, and home the beautiful Tarot reader Solitaire.


Review

After the debacle that was George Lazenby, and the hasty and expensive re-employment of Sean Connery for Diamonds Are Forever, this was a real test as to whether the franchise could ever cope with a new Bond. The pressure was on to get off to a flyer or Roger Moore, a handsome TV actor more debonair than versatile, would end up just as swiftly on the refuse pile and a new toupee would have to be ordered for the ageing Connery.
 
Putting Guy Hamilton back in the director’s chair was a sound move, he had made Goldfinger, the most assured and dynamic of all 007 movies, and with a direct and fine-tuned script from old-hand Tom Mankiewicz, they did what they had to do — hit the ground running. This is good quality Bond, managing to reinterpret the classic moves — action, deduction, seduction — for a more modern idiom without breaking the mould. The film, with its rich Caribbean locations and crazy-spooky asides, manages to be more playful than before — Moore’s chosen approach — without tipping into the painful parody of his later films. On one side we get the use of alligators as stepping stones and the pompous puffball of rootin’ tootin’ Sherriff Pepper, caught up in the thrilling boat chase. On the other, the genuine aura of threat through weird voodoo henchman Tee Hee, and the leaning toward — what’s this? — realism in Mr. Big’s plot to take over the drug trade from the Mafia.
 
Naturally, there’s much of the regular Bondian kerfuffle — a stoney faced M, an irascible Q, the gadgets and Jane Seymour as one of the more memorable lady loves Solitaire — but delivered with a lighter touch. It can’t quite muster an explosive third act to match previous jaunts, but Moore had got his feet under the table.

 


Verdict
A modernised Bond is dragged kicking and screaming into the 70s


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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Moore's finest.

One of my most loved bonds, great villain, girl, gadgets, make this a classic bond film roger moore never really improved as much as he should have on this and while going on to make some very entertaining films (and a couple bad) this was never bettered. ... More

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Posted by paulandnic14 at 21:02, 01 February 2010 | Report This Post


Pretty enjoyable Saturday tea-time viewing

I'd say this is my favourite Roger Moore Bond movie. He's reasonably believable as a killer here, and it's also not too jokey - like his later ones. It's pretty close to the book, plot-wise. I do wish the sheriff hadn't been written in, I find all that malarkey rather painful and unnecessary, but I loved the baddies - especially the make-up effects!! I also really wanted to be Jane Seymour when I grew up because of this (but then, I also wanted to be Diana Rigg because of The Avengers, so I'... More

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Posted by floribunda at 02:25, 07 September 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Live And Let Die

An OK Bond film I suppose. Things I liked most:   -Jane Seymour, alluring and beautiful (and she is still beautiful today sp; -Julius Harris as Tee Hee (the Guy with the Metal Hook), unquestionably the henchman with the most personality in the Bond series so far   -The scene on the crocodile farm   -The boat chases, naturally   -The Southern sheriff, who provides such good entertainment ("There goes my brother-in-law!")     Not really a... More

Posted by Bloke from Oz at 11:55, 22 October 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Live and Let Die

Watching some of Moore's delivery here, it's a wonder they didn't cast Leslie Philips in the role of 007. He may be able to acquit himself in a fight but every interaction with all those simpering females (and they ALL simper in this film) is peppered with "darling this" and "darling that". It's all very campy.   The film has dated quite badly. But hooking up to the blaxploitation cycle will do that for you, and George Martin's sub "Shaft" score only helps to make it really seem a pro... More

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Posted by RJNeb2 at 00:17, 22 October 2007 | Report This Post


Live and Let Die

This is my second favourite Moore movie. It was a great start for moore as Bond. A good thing he did was try not to be like Connery, he made the role his own. Hebought a lighter side to the character of Bond. This Bond movie bought Bond into the world of the 70's, kind of modernised him for the new decade. As there wasen't anymore racial discrimination, Black people were in more movies, Shaft, Superfly and Live and Let Die. The villian Yaphet Kotto is great and Tee Hee is one of the most memorab... More

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Posted by Bond at 11:46, 15 August 2007 | Report This Post


worthy of 4 stars

one star... c'mon this is easily Moores second best bond next to the spy who loved me. A smart script with crocodiles and one of the greatest boat chases to boot..and who could forget the killer theme tune too. ... More

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Posted by Judiedenchinatrench at 00:34, 23 November 2006 | Report This Post


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Amazing score though, despite the irritating mole that is Roger Moore. Admittedly, I can sit and watch Octopussy without many complaints, but this film is far different. ... More

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Posted by Jessica_ca_ca_ca at 14:05, 03 April 2006 | Report This Post


the worst bond movie. there was no flow, no structure, and i'm surprised roger moore lasted as long as he did!!! ... More

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Posted by luvinfilms at 10:23, 03 April 2006 | Report This Post



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